# TimeSerial Function

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Returns a Variant ( Date ) containing the time for a specific hour, minute, and second. SyntaxTimeSerial( hour,minute,second ) The TimeSerial function syntax has thesenamed arguments:

PartDescription
hourRequired; Variant ( Integer ). Number between 0 (12:00 A.M.) and 23 (11:00 P.M.), inclusive, or anumeric expression.
minuteRequired; Variant ( Integer ). Any numeric expression.
secondRequired; Variant ( Integer ). Any numeric expression.

Remarks To specify a time, such as 11:59:59, the range of numbers for each TimeSerial argument should be in the normal range for the unit; that is, 0-23 for hours and 0-59 for minutes and seconds. However, you can also specify relative times for eachargument using any numeric expression that represents some number of hours, minutes, or seconds before or after a certain time. The following example usesexpressions instead of absolute time numbers. The TimeSerial function returns a time for 15 minutes before ( `-15`) six hours before noon ( `12 - 6`), or 5:45:00 A.M.

``````TimeSerial(12 - 6, -15, 0)
``````

When any argument exceeds the normal range for that argument, it increments to the next larger unit as appropriate. For example, if you specify 75 minutes, it is evaluated as one hour and 15 minutes. If any single argument is outside the range -32,768 to 32,767, an error occurs. If the time specified by the three arguments causes the date to fall outside the acceptable range of dates, an error occurs.

## Example

This example uses the TimeSerial function to return a time for the specified hour, minute, and second.

``````Dim MyTime
MyTime = TimeSerial(16, 35, 17)    ' MyTime contains serial
' representation of 4:35:17 PM.
``````